We welcome you to the Sensorium. A sonic celebration of sensation.
What is the Sensorium? The Sensorium is the classification of sense perception. That is a bit of mouthful, I know but have you ever considered living in a world where your interactions were not limited our governed in five distinct ways: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch? There are many places that don’t really think about the intake of information this way. Even in western society things used to be different. Today, one can feel the shift toward visualism. Sight is valued above all else. They say that you take in 70% of your information through your eyes. I believe that we do, but only because we live in a visual society. In this episode, Audio Smut invites you to give your eyes a break and listen. In the age of visualism, we brave radio.
In Audio Smut’s Sensorium we explore news ways of experiencing sensation, and rejuvinate senses that are often ignored.
Piece 1: Sensual Memory
When you’re in a state of sexual ecstasy. Or even minor sexual arousal, does the world around you become more vivid, more rich?
On a boat at the Boatel Marina in Rockaway New York, a few queer artists were asked to recall a sexual experience to mind. Maybe not their favourite, but one that comes to mind often. They were asked to describe everything they felt during that experience. Then, they were asked to describe the place that it happened in. The light, the air, the textures. As you listen to these short vignettes, a sense of the character of these encounters will emerge.
Piece 2: That Smell
“The first time I tasted her was the first time I felt like I could know her.” Rae spends her entire day relishing and reliving the sensation of going down on her girl. After she’s down, face burried all morning, she spends the rest of the day rediscovering the lingering smell.
Piece 3: Sensual Solutions
Trish McEvoy, the founder of Sensual Solutions (www.sensualsolutions.ca) describes the experiences that inspired her to start her new business. Trish dated a paraplegic man for several years. She was rejuvinated by his ability to adapt to his limited sense of touch below the waist. Trish was frustrated by her experience working as a booking agent at an escort agency. A man with cerebral palsy called, hoping to plan a special time for his birthday. None of the girls were able to help him. After years of research, Trish quit her job at the agency and started her own. Sensual Solutions is an escort service specializing in service for people with disabilities. It’s a mixture of sex work and sex therapy, with an emphasis on helping people develop their sexual awareness so they can live totally healthy sex lives. It’s only a year old, and it’s going very well.
This show was produced by Mitra Kaboli, Kaitlin Prest, Candince Vallantin, Rae Dooley and Sharona B.